For Your Valentine...
Love has many faces. From the sensual to the reflective, from the whimsical to the worrisome. Sometimes hard and sometimes so easy we feel we could lift off-straight to the clouds-love comes to us as friendships, romances, familial embraces. Love, Etc. explores the mixed experiences of love, in language infused with Barkat's signature sensual touch. Get ready to fall. In love with poems, words, and the nuances of each other.
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Author of six books including Love Etc.: Poems of Love, Laughter, Longing & Loss (2014); The Novelist: A Novella (2012); Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity & Writing (Twice named a Best Book of 2011). Blogger for Huffington Post Books. Poems have appeared at Every Day Poems, VQR, Best American Poetry, and NPR.
Delicate, suggestive, clever.
—Carl Sharpe, editor of VerseWrights
Though subtitled poems of love, laughter, longing & loss, L.L. Barkat’s collection, Love, Etc., is all longing to me—reaching repeatedly for the clarity that surely lies within life’s entanglements. These poems flirt and seduce. Wait patiently for mulberries and ghosts at the window. Make nests. Button and unbutton. Press the edge of the self. They imitate breath and the spaces between, the desires that get caught in the throat when only a picture, a word, a letter, or silence will do.
—Tania Runyan, NEA Fellow and author of How to Read a Poem: Based on the Billy Collins Poem "Introduction to Poetry"